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Schenker unveils Ultra and Zenith families of hexa-core gaming notebooks with Coffee Lake-S

Schenker unveils Ultra and Zenith families of hexa-core gaming notebooks with Coffee Lake (Source: Schenker)
Schenker unveils Ultra and Zenith families of hexa-core gaming notebooks with Coffee Lake (Source: Schenker)
The Zenith 17 in particular can be configured with GTX 1080 SLI graphics, a Core i7-8700K, and a 4K UHD display.

Now that Intel Coffee Lake for desktops has been made official, enthusiast Clevo resellers like Schenker and Eurocom can finally unveil what they have been brewing for their next generation of gaming notebooks. These are some of the most powerful consumer notebooks money can buy with core specifications and features that rival dedicated gaming PCs.

Schenker XMG Ultra 15, Ultra 17 and Zenith 17

Each of these three notebooks will utilize hexa-core Coffee Lake CPUs up to the Core i7-8700K for insane clock rates of up to 4.7 GHz. Schenker will also apply Grizzly Kryonaut thermal paste to optimize heat transfer between the CPU/GPU and copper heat pipes in an attempt to reduce operating temperatures. Clevo systems are notoriously loud even for a portable gaming machine and so we're hoping that these new steps will lead to quieter fans.

The main difference between the Ultra 17 and Zenith 17 is that the latter will support GTX 1080 SLI graphics not unlike the MSI GT83VR. Meanwhile, the Ultra 15 can be configured with up to the GTX 1060 or GTX 1070 while the Ultra 17 can house up to a single GTX 1080.

FHD, WQHD, and 4K UHD Options

Starting with the smaller 15.6-inch Ultra 15, the notebook will ship with a 120 Hz display that promises fast 5 ms response times to reduce ghosting similar to what is already available on most MSI and Aorus notebooks. On the other hand, the larger 17.3-inch Ultra 17 and Zenith 17 will share WQHD (2560 x 1440, 120 Hz, 5 ms) and 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) G-Sync options. It's unlikely that the latter option will have the same refresh rate and response time advantages as the FHD and WQHD options since 4K UHD panels with such features are not yet available in mass quantities for notebooks.

Other Notable Features

The Ultra and Zenith models will include anti-ghosting keyboards, tri-zone RGB keyboard backlighting, ESS Sabre HiFi DAC, Intel Optane, Thunderbolt 3, mDP, HDMI, and Killer NIC Ethernet. The larger Ultra 17 and Zenith 17 will also each integrate a subwoofer. It's slightly disappointing to not see individually-lit RGB keys as the feature has become standard on newer Aorus, MSI, and Razer offerings.

Schenker is now allowing customers to configure and order the Ultra and Zenith notebooks with starting prices of 1700 Euros and 2600 Euros, respectively. Shipments, however, are not expected to begin until the middle of November. We imagine that Eurocom will have very similar offerings shipping the same month as well.

Schenker XMG Ultra 15 L17
Schenker XMG Ultra 15 L17
Schenker XMG Ultra 15 L17
Schenker XMG Ultra 15 L17
Schenker XMG Ultra 15 L17
Schenker XMG Ultra 15 L17
Schenker XMG Ultra 17 L17
Schenker XMG Ultra 17 L17
Schenker XMG Ultra 17 L17
Schenker XMG Ultra 17 L17
Schenker XMG Ultra 17 L17
Schenker XMG Ultra 17 L17
Schenker XMG Zenith 17 L17
Schenker XMG Zenith 17 L17
Schenker XMG Zenith 17 L17
Schenker XMG Zenith 17 L17
Schenker XMG Zenith 17 L17
Schenker XMG Zenith 17 L17
Schenker XMG Ultra 15 L17 Specs
Schenker XMG Ultra 15 L17 Specs
Schenker XMG Ultra 17 L17 Specs
Schenker XMG Ultra 17 L17 Specs
Schenker XMG Zenith 17 L17
Schenker XMG Zenith 17 L17

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Allen Ngo, 2017-10-30 (Update: 2017-10-30)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.